Breaking News: Fatwa Issued in 2006 ruling Smoking as Haram

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Not quite breaking news but just news that when published in 2006, received so much protest from the Muslim community in Singapore.

About a month or two ago, this was debated again, online, amongst my circle of friends and thus, I decided to send an email to seek clarification and confirmation on this fatwa.

Before that, I had always known that Smoking was, Makhruh (Best not to do, but when you do it, you do not inherit any good deeds nor sins). But to have a fatwa to state that Smoking is now Haram (prohibited), I’m quite sure it would be difficult to be accepted by the Muslim community.

I’m just thinking how the Muslim community during the time of Prophet Muhammad had reacted when told by God that drinking wine, which was previously permitted, was made prohibited, overnight.

How did they cope with the sudden change?

Did the Prophet and his friends decided to protest, complain or simply submit to God’s new command.

But certainly, that was God’s words but Fatwa is not.

At best, it is simply based on a deep research and understanding by Islamic scholars using the Quran and Hadith.

Besides, the oldest institution in the world and the most respected Islamic institution in the world, Al-Azhar University has also issued a Fatwa of the same degree, ‘Smoking is Haram’.

Now, I’m very curious.

Would Muslim owned businesses stop selling cigarettes now that cigarettes would perhaps be in the same category as alcohol?

Anyone who sells, delivers or purchases for another is in cahoots with the one committing the act of Smoking.

This is interesting and if I became an enemy of the state for this (loss in taxes for the Republic), I don’t think I should worry because I am doing what a Muslim should do – Spread The Love Yaw!

So, if you’re reading this, feel free to repost or share this blog entry or just the photo to your friends, loved ones and enemies!

4 thoughts on “Breaking News: Fatwa Issued in 2006 ruling Smoking as Haram

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  2. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you are a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back very soon. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts, have a nice evening!

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  3. Hello; Je suis une fille de 31 berges ; je n’ai pas de problème à le dire .
    Mon nom est Rive.
    Je suis conductrice de travaux … Il est dit parfois de moi que je suis une vraie mère poule.

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  4. Assalamu’alaimkum,
    Maybe you shud read thru this, which was forwarded to me…..
    Cigarettes may contain pig blood
    From: AAP
    March 30, 2010 6:46PM
    Cigarettes may contain blood – research
    “Insight into world of cigarette manufacture”
    Likely to raise concerns for Muslims, Jews
    CIGARETTES may contain traces of pigs’ blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence “very offensive”.
    University of Sydney Professor in Public Health Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig – including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.
    Prof Chapman said the research offered an insight into the otherwise secretive world of cigarette manufacture, and it was likely to raise concerns for devout Muslims and Jews.
    Religious texts at the core of both of these faiths specifically ban the consumption of pork.
    “I think that there would be some particularly devout groups who would find the idea that there were pig products in cigarettes to be very offensive,” Prof Chapman said today.
    “The Jewish community certainly takes these matters extremely seriously and the Islamic community certainly do as well, as would many vegetarians.
    “It just puts into hard relief the problem that the tobacco industry is not required to declare the ingredients of cigarettes … they say ‘that’s our business’ and a trade secret.”
    The Dutch research found pig haemoglobin – a blood protein – was being used to make cigarette filters more effective at trapping harmful chemicals before they could enter a smoker’s lungs.
    Prof Chapman said while tobacco companies had moved voluntarily list the contents of their products on their websites, they also noted undisclosed “processing aids … that are not significantly present in, and do not functionally affect, the finished product”.
    This catch-all term hid from public view an array of chemicals and other substances used in the making of tobacco products, he said.
    At least one cigarette brand sold in Greece was confirmed as using pig haemoglobin in its processes, Prof Chapman said, and the status of smokes sold was unknown.
    “If you’re a smoker and you’re of Islamic or Jewish faith then you’d probably would want to know and there is no way of finding out,” Prof Chapman said.
    The Sydney office of British American Tobacco Australia was contacted by AAP.
    A spokeswoman said a comment would be provided although it was not immediately available.
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    Truly ALLAH (swt) is pure, HE does not accept but what is pure, so keep your actions pure

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